Monday, April 12, 2010

Matthias Chang freed

Matthias Chang, the ex-political secretary of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has been incarcerated at the Kajang Prison for 12 days, was freed today.

This follows the granting of an ex-parte order for his release by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Sulaiman Daud pending the hearing of an appeal against the High Court's refusal to issue a discharge order for Chang's release despite the fine imposed by the High Court being paid by Chang's friend.

An interim order was also given to stay the High Court's decision in refusing to issue the discharge order.

Looking weak upon release

Chang was released at about 6.30pm from the Kajang Prison and was received by his lawyers and family members. His lawyers obtained the release order at about 4.30pm.

Bernama reported that Chang looked weak when approached by reporters. "I'm okay," he said.

When asked had he been eating of late, his words (at times inaudible) were: "Bubur (Porridge)."

Chang, 60, a lawyer, was sent to prison on April 1 following his refusal to pay the RM20,000 fine imposed on him by the High Court on March 25 for contempt of court in his defamation case against American Express (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

courtesy of Malaysian Mirror

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